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The Kennedy Center is now presenting an all new production of the hit 1920s Broadway comedy The Guardsman, the first ever production of which starred Fontanne and Lunt as the newlywed actors, passionate, bursting with fresh love, experiencing fragile egos and quite secretly harboring jealous schemes. Back in 1924, the comedy was described by The New York Times as utterly witty and complete with clever contrivance and also called the entertainment an amusing evening. The story draws on a 1910 comedy by famous Hungarian playwright Ferenc Molnar and was staged fourteen years later on Broadway portraying a very realistic relationship between the husband and wife. Today after nearly a century, the show has found its way back on stage, newly adapted by Richard Nelson and directed by Gregory Mosher, which are two reasons enough why The Guardsman tickets have become a must-have around town.
The first ever production of The Guardsman started in October 1924, starring Lynn Fontanne as The Actress, Alfred Lunt as The Actor, Dudley Digges as The Critic, Philip Loeb as the Creditor, Edith Meiser as Liesl, Helen Westley as ‘Mama’ and Kathryn Wilson as An Usher. Produced by the Theatre Guild, the comedy was such a hit, receiving the most positive reviews and getting great response from the live audience that it ran on for more than a year, ending in December 1925, after being staged two hundred and forty-eight times. The play is divided in three acts and is performed in a Viennese home setting where the couple’s dynamics are revealed while also including scenes in an anteroom of the box at an opera. The story centers on a couple that on stage together creates a melody, weaving magic and enchanting people hearts with an overwhelming, cathartic performance. But behind the curtain and closed doors, their relationship dynamic is only too real for the favorite newlyweds from the theater world. The husband who is harboring intense jealousy puts on a rather silly disguise, aiming to seduce his bride only to fall into a pit where his deepest suspicions are confirmed. The drama truly begs the question of where the couple’s acting ends to let true emotion begin.
The Kennedy Center that is hosting The Guardsman, has established quite a reputation for performing arts having produced more than three hundred new pieces of theater in the last four decades including Tony Award-winning works such as Annie from 1977, A Few Good Men, The King and I, How to Succeed at Business Without Trying Hard, Titanic and for the Les Miserables’s American premiere. In 2002, it presented astonishing and unprecedented success with Sondheim Celebration that featured the Center’s new productions of classics like A Little Night Music, Passion, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in a Park with George, Company and Sweeney Todd. In spring 2004, it presented three incredible Tennessee Williams Classic, Cat on the Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire, and The Glass Menagerie. The Center’s more recent productions include Carnival, Mame, August Wilson’s Twentieth Century, and the playwright’s ten play cycle performed complete in the form of fully-staged readings. In addition, the Kennedy Center produced Nights at the Opera by Terrance McNally, featuring three of the plays by this author that were performed at the same time in three theaters offered by the Center. It revived the Ragtime in an all new production that transferred the work to Broadway in 2009, winning six nominations for Tony Awards. Among the many plays the Center has revived is also the revival of the James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim production called Follies, which also was moved to Broadway in 2011, while being nominated for eight categories of Tony Awards among which it own that for Best Costume Design in a Musical.
The Kennedy Center is known for reviving amazing old classics and The Guardsman was only fell next in line. Grab some The Guardsman tickets and be there to watch a most-loved comedy that has been made into films, rise to new life.
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